Definition of turbot in US English:



  • 1A European flatfish of inshore waters, which has large bony tubercles on the body and is prized as food.

    Scophthalmus maximus, family Scophthalmidae (or Bothidae)

    • ‘A highly valued food fish, the turbot lives along sand and gravel shores.’
    • ‘I tell them what to look for in a fresh fish - bright eyes, pink gills and sea slime - then show them how to fillet a turbot and a sea bass.’
    • ‘The turbot was excellent and was served with a sort of tom yam chutney and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘The main courses were similarly impressive, with my rather tasteless fillet of turbot in a langoustine and scallop sauce the only disappointment.’
    • ‘Nunavut is losing out on at least $100 million in potential revenue because southern companies still fish shrimp and turbot in northern waters.’
    • ‘I had portions of sashimi of scallops, turbot, and tuna that were acceptable, unless you subscribe to the rule that in raw fish anything less than astounding is unacceptable, and I do.’
    • ‘Unlike the turbot the upper body surface is covered with small scales, not the bony tubercles of the larger species.’
    • ‘To serve, pour a ladle of broth onto a plate, place the cooked turbot on top and top with the tempura oyster.’
    • ‘As with other flatfish, the turbot's eggs contain a droplet of oil that makes the eggs positively buoyant.’
    • ‘While Irish water temperatures are suitable for turbot farming cooler winter temperatures cause a slow-down in growth, placing us at a competitive disadvantage.’
    • ‘The turbot, on the recommendation of the waiter, was served fried instead of grilled.’
    • ‘Roast turbot in hot pan in oil and butter for three minutes on each side.’
    • ‘I can honestly say that is one of the finest fish I have ever eaten anywhere, a cross between salmon, swordfish and turbot.’
    • ‘Other restaurants in the vicinity specialise in fresh seafood, with wrasse, turbot and octopus being among the most ubiquitous dishes.’
    • ‘Salmon, sea trout, cod and turbot are showing signs of reproductive problems, probably linked to the poisons in the sea.’
    • ‘Set a slice of the breaded and fried pig's trotter meat next to the turbot filet and top with a turbot steak.’
    • ‘Tony even struggles out of bed at 4am most days to buy turbot, squid and lobster from Cornish day boats on the harbour.’
    • ‘For the main courses, my turbot was oddly served on some dense little pork raviolis that didn't entirely convince.’
    • ‘The sea bass can be replaced with halibut or turbot.’
    • ‘The main fishery for the turbot in Atlantic waters is in the North Sea.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of flatfishes similar to the turbot, e.g. black turbot.
      • ‘As the Latin name suggests, the turbot is the largest species in its family reaching a metre or more in length.’


Middle English: from Old French, of Scandinavian origin.